Archives for July 2012

Amidst The Hobbit trilogy talk, Riddles in the Dark and Smaug domains registered

UPDATE - AUG. 31, 2012:. Collider reports the third installment in The Hobbit trilogy will now be called The Hobbit: There and Back Again. The second film has been re-titled, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  No title or release date changes have touched the first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected … [Read more...]

Ubisoft registers “Might and Magic Heroes Online” domain names

Could Ubisoft be planning to launch the next installment in the Heroes of Might and Magic series as a free-to-play online game? According to several domain name registrations this week by Ubisoft, the possibility looks very good.  On July 27, 2012, the videogame publisher registered … [Read more...]

Reign of Fear video game trademark filed by Sony Online Entertainment

Sony Online Entertainment, known for its massively-multiplayer online games, has filed a trademark this week for "Reign of Fear" (Serial Number: 85683830). The goods and services within the filing cover, "Computer game software and video game software; providing downloadable multiplayer, role … [Read more...]

EA registers, domains

Electronic Arts purchased two brand new domain names this week: and According to Whois history records, neither domain has ever been registered before. The domains were registered on July 24 through the internet brand protection company CSC Global, which … [Read more...]

Research In Motion wins domain dispute over,

Research In Motion will soon be in control of the domain names and, after a single-member arbitration panel with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) ordered the names transferred to the device maker. The dotcom URL has directed users to a Google 404 … [Read more...]

Activision applies for ‘The Roman Numeral II’, other Black Ops 2 trademarks

Activision applied for several U.S. trademarks this past week related to Call of Duty: Black Ops II which is scheduled to be released this November.  The trademark applications include "The Roman Numeral II", "The Future is Black" and "There's a Soldier in All of Us". Activision submitted two … [Read more...] domain quickly turned over to Apple’s IP lawyers following complaint

The domain is now in the hands of Apple's IP lawyers at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.  It appears the previous name's owner didn't even want to wait for an arbitration panel to issue the inevitable decision, and has instead decided to quickly transfer the domain following a complaint … [Read more...]

What’s Facebook got planned? Company registers Facebook Supplier domains

Domain name registrations made this week suggest that social networking site Facebook might be planning something new.  The company registered a handful of "Facebook Supplier" domain names like and, hinting at a new service or product. While Facebook … [Read more...]

Microsoft Corporation secures rights to pair of “Xbox 8” names at arbitration

Microsoft Corporation has won two disputes filed in May with the National Arbitration Forum over a batch of Xbox-related domains owned by a resident of China who goes by the name "Cheng Juan". The disputed names include,,,, … [Read more...]

What is “LucasArts Play”? Domains registered via brand protection company

UPDATE: Superannuation suspects "LucasArts Play" may be a casual games effort or cross-game online platform, as recent Lucas job listings have mentioned both. ORIGINAL STORY: LucasArts grabbed the attention of many at E3 2012 with the announcement of Star Wars 1313.   There was speculation early … [Read more...]